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5 Fun Facts About February 10 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1968, 66 black students were expelled from Arkansas State College (now Arkansas State University) for protesting against discriminatory policies that prevented them from using certain campus facilities. The incident sparked a nationwide debate on civil rights and equal opportunities in education.

2. On February 10, 1980, the Delta Regional Authority was established by Congress with the aim of promoting economic development and addressing poverty in the Mississippi Delta region, which includes parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

3. In 2012, a rare February tornado outbreak occurred in Arkansas, with at least 13 tornadoes touching down across the state. The strongest tornado was rated EF2, causing damage to buildings and trees in the town of Dermott.

4. The Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team has played several memorable games on February 10 throughout the years. In 2007, they defeated the defending national champions Florida Gators in an overtime thriller, while in 2015 they upset the #13 ranked Kentucky Wildcats by a score of 71-67.

5. February 10 marks the birthday of several notable Arkansans, including John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, who was born in 1918 in Arkansas City; and James Street, former University of Texas quarterback and author of the classic novel "The Amazon Legion," who was born in 1941 in Longview.
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